Note on the links:
This page is here for historical purposes as depository of information. When new, the various links were valid, but over the years many have disappeared. You should not expect that the links will work. Also, many of the clickable e-mail addresses are not valid anymore. (Note added by Petr Vanısek 13 February 2003)
SENSOR DIVISION NEWSLETTER
Table of Contents
Sensor Division Officers and Executive Committee Members
Sensor Division Officers:
Prof. Peter J. Hesketh
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Executive Committee Members:
Dr. Cindy Bruckner-Lea, Newsletter Editor and Interface Rep.
Dr. Jay W. Grate
Prof. D. Jed Harrison
Prof. A.R. Hillman
Prof. George Horvai
Dr. Henry G. Hughes
Prof. Jiri (Art) Janata
Prof. Mike Sailor
Prof. Diane K. Smith
Dr. Frederick Yamagishi
Prof. Ted (Edward T.) Zellers
Petr Vanysek, Divisional Advisor and Past Chairman
Message from the Chairman
Dear All ECS Sensor Division Members:
I would like to express sadness in the tragic loss of Prof. Wolfgang Göpel, a key figure in the sensor community earlier this year. As you know, he was Director of the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry and the Center for Interface An alysis and Sensors at the University of Tübingen and has been prolific in his contributions to the sensor field with more than 450 publications. In particular he has edited more than twenty-five monographs including Sensors - A Comprehensive Survey f rom VCH Publishers. He has been active in organizing committees and recipient of many honors and awards. He worked hard to promote sensor technology through the world and will be missed by our community.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the Sensor Division luncheon, that will be held at 12:15 pm on Tuesday in the Golden Dragon Restaurant, Rainbow Tower, Hilton Hawaiian Village. I would like you to attend to get to know your collea gues in the Sensor Division.
Our executive committee meeting will be held at 8:45pm in the Iolani Suite II, Tapa Conference Center, Hilton Hawaiian Village. Please feel free to attend and comment on sensor division activities or make suggestions for future symposia topics. Finally , there is an opportunity to learn more about chemical sensors and microsystems first hand from leaders in the field at the short course entitled "Chemical Analysis with Microsensors and Microsystems," offered on Sunday, Oct 17th, by A. Ricco and J. Harri sion.
Sensor DivisionBecome Involved!
Help is needed! Sensor Division members are welcome to attend the Executive Committee Meetings of the Sensor Division that are held at each ECS meeting. These meetings are typically held on Sunday evening before the beginning of the technical sessions on Monday morning. Please come if you would like to organize future Sensor Division Symposia, or provide input and ideas about upcoming symposia. Sensor Committee Meeting times and places are often posted in the Meetin g Program on the ECS web page or in the Interface Meeting Program. If not, just ask for meeting information at the ECS meeting check-in desk, or contact any Sensor Division officer for information. If you cant attend the Sensor Committee Meetings and wou ld like to help with future symposia, simply contact one of the Division Officers. At the fall meeting, business conducted at the Executive Committee meeting is presented to the general membership at the Sensor Division Luncheon later in the week.
ECS Meets in Hawaii
This fall the ECS meeting will be held in Honolulu Hawaii. This is a joint meeting with the Electrochemical Society of Japan, so should have a large attendance and an international flavor. The Sensor Division Execut ive Committee Meeting will be held Sunday evening at 8:45pm in the Iolani Suite II, Tapa Conference Center, Hilton Hawaiian Village. The Sensor Division Luncheon will be Tuesday at 12:15 in the Golden Dragon Restaurant.
Symposia sponsored by the Sensor division are: Chemical Sensor IV, which will take place throughout the week, Biosensors and Bioelectronics (Monday-Wednesday), and Electrochemical and Electroanalytical Aspects of Environmental Chemistry (Thursday-Frida y). A short course on Chemical Analysis with Microsensor and Microsystem will also be taught by Jed Harrison and Tony Ricco, and will be an overview for those new to the field or working in other disciplines. Other optional activities include local tours and even hula classes!
Sensor Community Loses Wolfgang Göpel
Wolfgang Göpel, Director of the Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Tübingen, died during the night of June 14, 1999, at the age of 55, due to severe injuries he received three weeks earlier in a traffic accident. He was an extraordinary person who sprouted ideas and activities as if he had lived three lives simultaneously.
Wolfgang was well known in the chemical sensor community for his inspirational ideas and desire to apply fundamental science to real-world problems. His research ranged from basic research on surface and interface properties of sensor materials to the development of prototype and industrially applicable sensors. Wolgang developed the electronic nose MOSES II which is commercially available and is able to sniff odors for applications such as quality control of food or monitoring packaging materials. He was developing a smaller, cheaper counterpart of MOSES II that could be used for specific consumer needs such as medical diagnostics. This work was recognized in 1998, when along with his colleagues Baltes form ETH Zürich and Rudan from the Universit y of Bologna, he received the Körber European Science Award, which is one of the most prestigious research awards in Europe.
Wolfgang Göpel had a very active career and enjoyed working with University students. He completed his Thesis in physics in Hannover in 1975. From 1978 to 1980 he was a visiting scientist and had visiting faculty positions at the Xerox Palo Alto R esearch Center (California, USA), the Stanford Synchrotron Laboratory (California, USA), the Xerox-Webster Research Center (New York, USA), the IBM Watson Research Center (New York, USA), the INIFTA and the University of La Plata (Argentina). In 1980 he b ecame a Professor of Physics at Montana State University. Later, he returned back to Germany to chair the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of the University of Tübingen. In 1996 he became director of the Steinbeis Technology Transfer C enter "Interface Analysis and Sensors"; in 1998 he became director of the Steinbeis Technology Transfer Center "Quality Management for Energy Storage and Converter Devices" and head of the Center "Nanotechnology: Functionality through Chemistry".
Göpel served on many professional society boards and committees. He was also on the board of well-respected scientific journals such as Sensors & Actuators, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Fresenius Journal of Analytical Chemistry, and Nanote chnology. He also held many patents, published more than 20 text books and about 500 research papers, and was editor of the Wiley/VCH book series "Sensors", "Sensors Update", and "Sensor Applications".
The sensor community has certainly lost a magnificent scientist, teacher, and person. Wolfgang Göpels co-workers indicate that his most exceptional trait was his ability to share his gifts with his co-workers without regard for hierarchy, which n ow helps them to continue his work.
New Sensor Division Committee Members Elected at Boston Luncheon
The new slate of Sensor Division Officers were approved at the Sensor Divison Luncheon in Boston on November 3, 1999. Peter Hesketh (U. of Illinois at Chicago) takes over as chair for Petr Vanysek, Joe Stetter (IIT) moves from Treasurer/Secretary to Vice Chair, and Dick Crooks (Texas A&M) is the new Treasurer/Secretary. Cindy Bruckner-Lea will return as Newsletter Editor and also agreed to serve as the Division Representative to INTERFACE. The new additions to t he Executive Committee are: Jiri (Art) Janata (Georgia Institute of Technology), Diane Smith (San Diego State University), Mike Sailor (UC San Diego), Ted Zellers (Univ. Michigan), George Horvai (Technical University of Budapest). Returning Executive Comm ittee members are: Cindy Bruckner-Lea (also newsletter editor, PNNL), Jay W. Grate (PNNL) , D. Jed Harrison (University of Alberta), A. Rob Hillman (University of Leicester), Henry G. Hughes (Motorola), Frederick Yamagishi (HRL Laboratories), and Noboru Y amazoe (Kyushu University).
Petr Vanysek Accepts New ECS Positions
At the Spring 1999 ECS meeting in Seattle, Petr Vanysek was appointed as a member of the ECS Technical Affairs Committee. His term spans four years, until Spring 2003. Petr was the previous chair of the Sensor Divis ion, and is now the Divisional Advisor for both the Sensor and High Temperature Materials Divisions. Petr is replacing John Dismukes as the Sensor Division Advisor. Thank you John for your assistance and welcome back Petr!
Member News .
Tony Ricco, a past chair of the Sensor Division, has moved from Sandia National Laboratories to ACLARA Biosciences, Inc. in Mountain View, CA. Tony is director of Microfabrication Technology at ACLARA, a privately h eld 60-person company that develops microfluidic systems to provide new tools and applications for drug discovery and genomics. Tony enjoys the technical challenges and fast pace of his new position, but is still adjusting to the large numbers of cars and people in the Bay Area, most of which seem to have arrived during the 20 years or so that he was absent. During the past year Tony was also inducted as an ECS Fellow; he also serves on the ECS Long-Range Planning Committee and Publications Committee.
Joe Stetter began a new position as a Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Previously, Joe was at Transducer Research, a company that he founded to commercialize chemical sensors. Joe continues to work on the development of gas and vapor sensors for various applications, and enjoys conducting research and working with University students. Joe indicated that after this recent career move, his mom asked "Joe, what do you want to be when you grow up?"
Gordon Research Conference: Chemical Sensors and Interfacial Design
The next Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Sensors and Interfacial Design will be held January 23-28, 2000, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ventura, CA. Mark your calendar and wax your board! We anticipate a very st imulating conference and hope to see you there.
The conference is organized into eight topical sessions:
As usual, there will also be a Wednesday evening session of short contributed talks, drawn from the poster presentations.
Participants are encouraged to apply early. Online application forms are available on the GRC website athttp://www.grc.uri.edu/attend.htm. For other details or qu estions about the conference please contact the conference chair, Tom Mallouk (firstname.lastname@example.org, 814-863-9637), or the vice-chair Deb Charych (Deb_Charych@cc.chiron.com, 510-923-8383). Some conference funds will be set aside to assist with travel and regi stration expenses of graduate students and postdocs who participate in the conference.
Participants who intend to present a poster at the conference should send a title and brief abstract to Deb by electronic mail. In accordance with Gordon Conference rules, this information will not be published or distributed, and will only be used for scheduling purposes.
Biosensors World Congress Returns to USA in 2000
The Sixth World Congress on Biosensors Biosensors 2000 will take place in San Diego, USA, 24 26 May 2000. Taking place every two years in different continents, this interdisciplinary conference serves professi onals with an interest in the exploitation of biological materials in novel diagnostics and electronic devices and has grown to become the largest and most well represented conference in the field.
The Congress is a three-day event consisting of morning plenary and afternoon parallel sessions. Papers for oral and poster presentation are invited on the themes of the Congress which are structured as 7 symposia: Cell-based Biosensors, Enzyme-based B iosensors, Receptor-based Biosensors, Nucleic acid sensors, Immunosensors, Bioelectronics, Commercial Aspects. The abstract submission deadline is 15 December 1999.
Contributions from commercial organizations are particularly encouraged, detailing development programs and assessments of commercial opportunities. This aspect will be supplemented by a display of commercial equipment.
For further information contact: Liz Reed, Biosensors 2000 Secretariat, Elsevier
Or, visit the conference website: http://www.elsevier.nl/locate/biosconf
Papers Invited for International Chemical Sensors Meeting in 2000
The eighth meeting in the series of international conferences on chemical sensors (IMCS) will take place in Basel, Switzerland, July 2-5, 2000. IMCS2000 is an interdisciplinary forum covering all aspects - physics, materials science, chemistry, development and applications of chemical sensors including: sensing principles and mechanisms, new materials development, novel approaches to sensing, sensor fabrication technology, signal processing, optical devices, electro chemical devices, biosensors, acoustic sensors, gas sensors, humidity sensors, analytical microsystems, environmental monitoring, and process control sensing.
Papers are invited for oral and poster presentations at the conference. Abstracts should be sent to the conference secretariat no later than 3 December 1999.
For further information contact: Phillipa Orme IMCS 2000 Conference Secretariat
or visit the conference website: http://www.elsevier.nl/locate/imcs2000
Boston Executive Committee Meeting Highlights*
November 1, 1998
*Complete minutes of the Executive Committee Meetings can be found at:
Present: Petr Vanysek, Rob Hillman, Ingemar Lundstrom, Henry G. Hughes, Tony Ricco, Ted Zellers, Cindy Bruckner-Lea, Joe Stetter, Dick Crooks, Fred Yamagishi, Ed Stokes.
1) Newsletter: Several people still want paper copies, otherwise the Sensor Division Newsletter will only be posted online at the ECS web page in 2000. Nearly 1000 copies of the fall 1999 newsletter were mailed!
2) Summary of papers at the San Diego Meeting:
3) Summary of papers at the Boston Meeting:
4)Discussion of upcoming meetings and planned symposia:
FALL 99 HAWAII:
SPRING 00 TORONTO:
FALL 00 PHOENIX:
SPRING 01 WASHINGTON DC
FALL 01 SAN FRANCISCO [Joint ECS/ISE meeting] - Sensors V - Vanysek et al.
SPRING 02 PHILADELPHIA
WE NEED IDEAS AND VOLUNTEERS!!!! [Physical sensors, Lab on a Chip, Sensors for severe environments; automotive sensors; process control sensors,...]
5) Financial Business:
7) New Officers:
Chair: Peter Hesketh (U. of Illinois at Chicago)
Members at Large:
Served Previous Term:
(*All the nominees agreed to serve when elected.)
8) Open Discussion:
Respectfully Submitted by Joe Stetter.
Seattle Executive Committee Meeting Hightlights*
May 1, 1999
*Complete minutes of the Executive Committee Meetings can be found at:
Present: Joe Stetter, Peter Hesketh, Tim Henning, Masuo Aizawa, Simon Ang, Dennis Turner, Robert Frankenthal, Henry G. Hughes, Petr Vanysek, Leo Kriksunov, Elena Shembel and Leonid Boguslavsky
1. Philidelphia 2002 Meeting Celebration
2. Review of Boston Meeting:
3. Summary of Spring 99 Seattle:
4. Discussion of upcoming meetings:
FALL 99 HAWAII
SPRING 00 TORONTO
FALL 00 PHOENIX
SPRING 01 WASHINGTON DC
FALL 01 SAN FRANCISCO [Joint ECS/ISE meeting]
SPRING 02 PHILADELPHIA
5. Financial Stuff
6. Other Discussions
We need to put together the sensor awards committee. Suggested - Janata, University; Ricco, Industry. email:Peter@eecs.uic.edu with other suggestions. Dick Crooks asked Joe [in his absence] to mention transferring $6,000 to the awards fund this year. After discussion this group decided to not do it and discuss it next time.
Henry said we should expand to more than chemical sensors - physical sensors. Peter H to look into a meeting that doesn't conflict with Hilton Head. We already suggested Physical Sensors for Hilton head - and this combined with MEMs may be a good choice for Pa in 2002. Hesketh will look into it. Problem may occur with Transducers' meeting. Maybe move to DC in 2001 [Transducer's is in Munich 2001].
Input is solicited for Sensor Newsletter.
Respectfully Submitted by Joe Stetter.
Summary of Upcoming Symposia
Dont be shy--send Sensor Division Newsletter articles, comments or suggestions to: Cindy Bruckner-Lea at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O Box 999, Mailstop K8-93, Richland, WA 99352, e-mail: email@example.com, phone: (509) 376-2175, fax: (509) 376-1044. Also, please let me know if you would like to receive an ann ual hard copy of this electronic newsletter, and I will be happy to send you one (as long as not all of the nearly 1,000 Sensor Division members request one)!